NH Amsterdam Zuid****
van Leijenberghlaan 221
1082 GG Amsterdam
The Netherlands

medical devices sales and marketing conference

This programme takes place at a centrally located hotel in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Delegate fees include 2 days full access, networking coffee breaks, refreshments, business lunches, gala cocktail reception, and documentation pack with speaker's presentation in digital format.
Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, venue information (at a specially negotiated rate) is available upon registration.

 

Things to see in Amsterdam

 

Tourist offices

VVV (Visitor Information Centre)

Stationsplein 10 (opposite Central Station), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tel: 020 702 6000.
Opening Hours:

Mon-Sat 0900-1700; Sun 0900-1600.


www.iamsterdam.com
 
Passes

The 'I amsterdam City Card' offers tourists the use of public transport, free or reduced admission to many of the city's museums, discounts on several attractions and restaurants, a City Card map and a free canal boat trip. Valid for one, two or three days, the card is available for purchase from VVV Amsterdam tourist offices and GVB ticket offices, as well as several hotels. See iamsterdam.com/citycard for full details.

Amsterdam Museum

Housed in a former orphanage that dates from 1524, the museum is filled with paintings, prints and archaeological finds that illustrate how Amsterdam grew from a small medieval town into a modern city. Of the impressive art collection, you’ll find 15 massive group portraits of the Amsterdam Civic Guards in a skylit gallery off Kalverstraat, as well as a fragment of Rembrandt’s ‘The Anatomy Lesson‘ (the rest was destroyed in a fire). Just below the museum is the Begijnhof, a peaceful enclosed square ringed by brick houses dating from as early as the 14th century. It traditionally housed the Beguines, unmarried Catholic women who wanted to serve God but chose not to become nuns.

Website: http://en.amsterdammuseum.nl
 
 
Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House)

Of enduring interest to all is the historic home where Anne Frank, her family and four other Jewish people hid from the occupying Germans during WWII, after fleeing their native Germany. Finally caught by the Nazis after two years in hiding, they were taken off to concentration camps, where Anne eventually died. However, her father survived and published her diary, which takes pride of place here. Photos, documents and the family’s possessions serve as poignant evidence of the events described, which continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of Dutch citizens. The small but highly popular exhibit annually attracts up to one million visitors, so expect lengthy queues.

Website: http://www.annefrank.org
 
 
Eye Film Institute Netherlands

A must for movie buffs, the Eye maintains an archive of 37,000 films and screens pristinely restored prints of cinematic classics at its various festivals. Moved to a spectacular new building on the north bank of the IJ river in 2012, it includes four cinemas and exhibitions covering various aspects of film history, memorabilia and art. On the lower level is a permanent exhibit that incorporates clips from the collection and viewing ‘pods’ where you can curl up with a good flick. Perhaps the main draw, though, is the café with its fabulous views of the river and an endless procession of cruise boats, freighters and ferries. To get here, hop on a free Buiksloterweg ferry behind Central Station.

 
 
Hermitage Amsterdam

Housed in the historic Amstelhof along the banks of the Amstel River, this majestic museum is a sibling of its namesake in St Petersburg. Amsterdam has had a close connection to the Russian city since Tsar Peter took residence here and the main permanent collection focuses on artistic and cultural links between Russia and the Netherlands. Meanwhile, holdings from St Petersburg form the basis for such scintillating temporary exhibitions as the tableware of the Tsars and treasures from the Silk Road. There is also a section on the heritage of the museum’s historic home, and the Hermitage hosts fun and innovative children’s art workshops.

 
 
Het Schip

‘The Ship’ is considered one of the leading works of the Amsterdam School, an architectural movement that had its heyday in the 1920s. Located in the Spaarndammerbuurt neighbourhood, immediately north of Westerpark, it houses a small museum and makes a good jumping-off point for a tour of the style. The building was designed by one of its pioneers, Michel de Klerk, as low-income housing and its undulating brick facade and fanciful dunce cap of a tower amply demonstrate his feverish imagination. Hourly tours focus on the development of the Amsterdam School with a visit to one of the building’s apartments. The nearby annex and café holds a display of street fixtures, all stylised by designers from the movement.

 
 
Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace)

This formidable structure on the central Dam Square was built in 1648 as Amsterdam's city hall. When King Louis Napoleon arrived in 1808, he had it turned into a palace. The large collection of Empire-style furniture, chandeliers and clocks all date from this period. Although the palace is still the official royal residence, the royal family lives in The Hague. However, official functions are still hosted here and the interior has recently been brought back to its best. Paintings and sculptures dating from Holland’s Golden Age grace the halls and archways, with allegorical scenes and figures alluding to the values that underpin Dutch society. The admission price includes an audio tour.

Museum Het Rembrandthuis

This museum, a charming three-storey house built in the early 17th century, is where the painter Rembrandt lived for nearly 20 years. It is home to a comprehensive collection of 250 of the artist's etchings and self-portraits. Many visitors find the odds and ends that he accumulated during his lifetime, such as Roman busts and turtle shells, every bit as colourful and illuminating as his paintings. The work of Rembrandt's teachers and students is also on display, which adds depth and dialogue to the master’s own labours.

 
 
NEMO Museum

Looking like a massive green seagoing vessel rising from the water, the cutting-edge NEMO Museum is an unmistakable sight on the banks of the IJ, a short stroll from Central Station. Within the factory-like interior there are plenty of films, workshops and hands-on exhibits to introduce both youngsters and adults to the wonders of science and technology such as blowing giant bubbles, looking at cosmic rays, generating green energy and maybe even creating life. The cascading rooftop terrace is a splendid place to take in the rays on a warm day and in summer it’s outfitted as a beach resort.

 
 
Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

Despite its name, the original church that stood on this site was started in 1408, as the congregation had outgrown the Oude Kerk (Old Church). Of special interest is the 10m (32ft)-high pulpit, which took sculptor Albert Jansz Vinckenbrinck almost 20 years to create. Located next door to the Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk has been used for the inauguration of Dutch monarchs since 1815 (Queen Beatrix was crowned here in 1980, and King Willem-Alexander’s wedding to Máxima Zorriguieta Cerruti took place here in 2002). The church is also renowned for noteworthy exhibitions such as World Press Photo. Lunchtime organ concerts are performed here daily from July to mid-September.

 
 
Red-light district

Despite the city’s wealth of art and culture, Amsterdam’s leading attraction remains its prostitution zone, where skimpily clad sex-service workers solicit customers from the windows of their street-level rooms. Crowds file through a series of narrow alleys to gawk (snapshots will be severely chastised), and services are offered round the clock by a global rainbow of girls occupying nearly 300 red-lit windows. If you can get beyond the sleaze, this is actually one of the loveliest and most ancient sections of the canal ring, revolving around Amsterdam’s oldest church. A recently opened museum, Red Light Secrets (Oudezijds Achterburgwal 60), takes a frank look at the sex trade and invites visitors to step into the high-heels of a sex-service worker.

 

Rijksmuseum

After a £375 million, 10-year-long renovation project, the largest and most popular museum in the Netherlands reopened in spring 2013. Established in 1885, the museum showcases a collection of masterpieces with the seminal works of Dutch giants Rembrandt (‘The Night Watch’) and Johannes Vermeer (‘The Milk Maid’). The collection spanning over 8,000 works has been reorganised across three floors in chronological order with clever use of lighting and space, showcases made with non-reflecting glass and muted grey walls to minimise distraction from the galleries. Restored to its former glory with modern aesthetics, this ranks as one of the world's greatest museums.

 
 
Scheepvaartmuseum

Fresh from a major renovation, Holland’s maritime museum is housed in the former arsenal, a gleaming white edifice east of Central Station, with a spectacular skylit hall. The main exhibit relates Holland’s centuries-old navigation history through paintings, seagoing artefacts and an ongoing interactive visual display, featuring the sorts of characters who populated the industry in the Golden Age. For ship buffs, one floor is given over to a stunning collection of model schooners. The highlight of a visit, though, has to be the zealously preserved replica of the Dutch East India’s Company’s Amsterdam floating in the quay outside (the actual ship vanished at sea in 1749). Another exhibit, on the Dutch whaling industry, is designed with young visitors in mind.

 
 
Stedelijk Museum

One of the most ambitious museums of its kind, the Stedelijk is devoted to modern art in all its variations, and showcases both the acknowledged masters and current figures. The recently unveiled new wing, with its bathtub-like roof, stands alongside Museumplein in marked contrast to the stately red-brick original, providing a great deal more space for larger-scale pieces. Its airy foyer, bookstore-cum-gift shop and lively restaurant are welcome additions to the complex. Halls are arranged by movements such as pop art, intermedia and nouveau realism, exemplified by the works of such stalwarts as Warhol, De Kooning and Rauschenberg, while temporary exhibitions are just as likely to focus on fashion design or photography as painting and sculpture.

 
 
Van Gogh Museum

Easily the world’s largest collection by the renowned artist, this much-visited museum houses 200 paintings by the Dutch master, many of which come from the collection of his brother Theo. The museum was thoroughly renovated in 2013. The ground floor has an overview of Van Gogh’s career, while the upper three floors are devoted to the different periods of the artist’s work, from early portraits of the Dutch underclass to the luminous landscapes of Auvers. The collection is liberally interspersed with paintings by his influences and contemporaries, such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Gauguin. Art workshops for children are offered and on Friday nights museum-goers can unwind until 2200 with cocktails and special DJ programmes.

 
 
Vondelpark

Just a short walk from Leidseplein, the sprawling Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s ‘green lung’. Named after a celebrated 17th-century poet, Joost van den Vondel (whose statue stands at the east end), the 49-hectare (120 acre) park makes a splendid retreat with ponds, gardens, lakes, playgrounds, a skating rink and a resident colony of parakeets. Paths wind through the varied landscape, inviting you to stroll or cycle in endless loops. Visitors can take a break at the delightful Blue Teahouse, an octagonal structure built in the 1930s, with a brilliant top terrace. During summer, there are regular free concerts in the bandstand and palm readers and buskers sporadically provide entertainment. In good weather, the lawns are taken over by groups barbecuing.

 

source: http://www.worldtravelguide.net

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